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Yosemite’s Famous Restaurants Get Their Names Back After $12 Million Lawsuit

Plus beer in Palm Springs, and Paris’s CAM comes to LA

The Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park, California
The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Back in action

Great news for Yosemite lovers: The naming rights to some of the park’s most-visited business attractions, including the Ahwahnee Hotel, Curry Village, and several other dining/hospitality spots within the grand valley, have been allowed to return to their original names. The quirky story, as told by the LA Times, involves the National Park Service and former facilities company Delaware North entering into a protracted legal battle. Delaware North, still stinging from losing the $2 billion annual contract for the park to rival company Aramark, said that it owned the park’s food and beverage naming rights, and demanded to be paid millions for their return. The four-year-old dispute saw the historic Ahwahnee Hotel and other properties be forced to change names, but now the $12 million settlement means Yosemite can once again own its own iconic food and hospitality names.


The Long Beach Post is out with its own list of underrated restaurants for its fine city, calling out PowWow Pizza, Chinitos Tacos, and more.

Get to the Ace

Looking to get away this summer? There’s a craft beer weekend party happening at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs on August 3 and 4. The two-day affair features a number of hard-to-source brews, and runs $85 for both or $50 for a single-day pass.

Street details

LA Magazine has released a detailed guide to some of LA’s best street food, starting with Filipino skewer spot Dollar Hits and working through known names like Bartz BBQ and the Guatemalan street market in Westlake.

Serious talk

One a more somber note: Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s mother-in-law Peggy Stewart Braun was killed in Colorado earlier this year after her car was hit by a drunk driver, and now Ludo’s family is speaking out about the dangers of drinking and driving. Here is Lefebvre’s daughter Rêve in her own PSA, discussing her grandmother’s death.

Paris to LA

Parisian restaurant CAM is popping up in Los Angeles later this month. The popular European restaurant will do three nights of dinners at a private residence somewhere in Echo Park, so diners willing to shell out the $140 ticket price (inclusive of food and wine) will need to email for a shot inside.

Keeping up

Khong Ten is going strong for Dine LA this year, dropping a new dinner menu as well as this crab and uni fried rice, which can be added to any meal for just a few more bucks.